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Left-wing hate speech: a defining feature of the Bush era

If you got your news from “old media,” you’d think that the GOP was a party of race-baiting hate-mongers, with Democrats refusing to stoop to their level. Just look at the reaction of certain liberal gay bloggers to the West Hollywood resident is displaying a mannequin of “Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of [his] home.”

While they rightly condemned this juvenile display, they acted as if such antics were a regular occurrence on the right, but a rare one on the left.  At Towleroad, Andy opined, “As much as I despise the GOP ticket, mimicking the hate and racist imagery that McCain supporters have been flaunting with regard to Obama isn’t funny or original. It’s just stooping to their level.”

Actually, Andy, that’s not stooping to the level of a few isolated McCain supporters, but expressing themselves in the manner of many left-wing bloggers in the Bush era.

As Jamie Kirchick noted in an op-ed in the New York Daily News, while the “sleaze” of the McCain campaign “has become the accepted media narrative over the past several weeks,” conservative smears of Obama “don’t hold a candle to the left’s rhetoric over the past eight years.”

Among his examples:

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann spews over-the-top, hateful rhetoric in his “Special Comments” on a regular basis. He has said that the Bush administration threatens America with a “new type of fascism,” referred to the GOP as the “leading terrorist group in this country” on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and has said that Fox News is “worse than Al Qaeda” and “as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”

Those pundits who rush to criticize a handful of angry, mean-spirited Republicans are nowhere to be found when their own ideological allies do the exact same thing.

Perhaps, they’ve become immune to left-wing hate speech as it’s become such a defining feature of the Bush era.

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15 Comments

  1. Left-wing hate speech is a defining feature of our culture. Bush is just the current effigy.

    Comment by Ignatius — October 28, 2008 @ 4:15 pm - October 28, 2008

  2. I heard about this, and I have to wonder if this guy is actually a Republican doing it so that people will hear about it and realize the double standard we hold ourselves to such that noosing an effigy is Obama is illegal and must be punished whereas noosing Sarah Palin is just a bit of good light hearted Halloween comedy.

    Everyone’s false-flagging the other side these days. So many hoaxes on both sides, it’s hard not to suspect every stupid liberal of being a conservative in disguise.

    Comment by Stopped Clock — October 28, 2008 @ 4:40 pm - October 28, 2008

  3. Tuesday. Victim day. Bring your stuffed monkey to the local GOP gathering.

    Comment by jimmy — October 28, 2008 @ 5:41 pm - October 28, 2008

  4. Thugs

    Comment by American Elephant — October 28, 2008 @ 5:49 pm - October 28, 2008

  5. “a handful of angry, mean-spirited Republicans”

    And your head remains deeply planted somewhere dark and stanky while you live off of denial.

    Perhaps there’s only a “handful” who post here fitting the category you describe but in the real world there’s multitudes. But we all know that when the right says it it’s sound analysis but when it’s someone moderate to left it’s hate speech. This combined with the hysterical (in all senses of the word) whine about the white men shouldn’t vote article simply highlights yet again the breathtaking hypocrisy of folks on here.

    Comment by a different Dave — October 28, 2008 @ 6:23 pm - October 28, 2008

  6. Perhaps there’s only a “handful” who post here fitting the category you describe but in the real world there’s multitudes.

    Please, Dave… show us these multitudes.

    Also, show us the sold-out Christian Pridefests that celebrate the notion of the death of all gheys.

    (Demanding Dave show proof … it’s like kryptonite to BS)

    Comment by V the K — October 28, 2008 @ 6:55 pm - October 28, 2008

  7. Perhaps there’s only a “handful” who post here fitting the category you describe but in the real world there’s multitudes.

    Please, Dave… show us these multitudes.

    Also, show us the sold-out C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n P-r-i-d-e-f-e-s-t-s that celebrate the notion of the death of all gheys.

    The Burden of Proof — Like kryptonite to bullshit.

    Comment by V the K — October 28, 2008 @ 6:56 pm - October 28, 2008

  8. I laugh how the Left actually truly believes that Bush is Conservative and that his policies are conservative.

    He’s been the most moderate Republican in my lifetime (which means I only have Reagan and his dad to compare him to).. and he would have easily compromised with Democrats on anything. But I guess after they stabbed him in the back after NCLB , he sort of learned a little lesson from that.

    I’d like one of these Lefties to give us examples where Bush has talked into an disparaging partisan way. I can give countless examples of the vile Pelosi and Reid.

    Comment by Vince P — October 28, 2008 @ 7:38 pm - October 28, 2008

  9. Ah, Vince and VtK, you want Evidence. Forget about it. It’s all part of the liberal catechism. If you’re liberal, you are without fault. If you’re conservative, saying “good morning” is hate speech (offensive to people who’ve not had their coffee).

    Next time Olbermann says “fascist”, someone should challenge him to define it. His reaction will be similar to Biden’s outrage at being asked a substantive question by an impertinent reporter.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — October 28, 2008 @ 8:53 pm - October 28, 2008

  10. and “as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”

    As dangerous as the DNC? My my.

    Perhaps there’s only a “handful” who post here fitting the category you describe but in the real world there’s multitudes.

    And yet the liberals STILL have to make it up rather than find real examples. Seems to me that you’re either full of shit or you’re too lazy.

    Which is it?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 28, 2008 @ 10:54 pm - October 28, 2008

  11. Felony vandalism against Prop 8 supporters here.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — October 29, 2008 @ 2:38 pm - October 29, 2008

  12. Your link to Kirchick’s piece does not work. The link is
    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2008/10/21/2008-10-21_who_are_leftwing_haters_to_point_fingers-2.html

    Comment by Lorenzo aka erudito — October 29, 2008 @ 2:42 pm - October 29, 2008

  13. Examples of right wing hate speech, that’s easy:

    FOTF – particularly anything related to homosexuality, but they have outdone themselves with the 15 page “letter from 2012” predicting the end of civilization as we know it if Obama is elected. That’s hate.
    AFA -obsessed with homosexuality, all hate. Of course including Obama now.
    FRC – same as above.
    Worldnet Daily – a continuous voice of vitriol and hate towards anyone not hard right.
    OneNewsNow – “news” source of AFA
    CNS News – usually pretty tame until Bozell starts ranting.

    Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, Malkin, Hannity and assorted folks on Townhall.

    Smaller groups like Repent America, Renew America, LifeSite News, a few organizations connected with the Roman church

    The folks at AmericanView (Constitution Party) had quite a discussion about capital punishment for “homosexual behaviour” – actually I like reading them, they despised Bush more than many on the Left.

    I know you’ll attempt to write many of these off as “fringe” and you’ll be totally wrong – these are the folks that Palin was selected as VP to appease because McCain knows he can’t win without them. Deny it, try to justify their words, claim they don’t spread hate – doesn’t matter in the end their true colors show, some people just take longer to wake up. You should before it’s too late

    You have totally ignored – the hanging dummy with Obama and a misspelled Hussein on it, attacks on Obama supporters, videos of people saying they don’t want a black president and what a threat that would be to white people, people who say the fact that he is mixed race is against the Bible. At the same time you whine about uncivilized discourse and point out every single example you can find of a psycho Democrat or Obama supporter. You have sold your souls.

    Comment by a different Dave — October 29, 2008 @ 3:54 pm - October 29, 2008

  14. Ooops, I left out Pete LaBarbera and his disciple North Dallas Thirty, Gary Bauer, the various state “Family” institutes.

    Nothing I say is meant to say Obama is wonderful, the Dems can solve all our problems and they are kind, gentle people.

    My point is and always has been – you are so busy attacking the “left” that you don’t even notice what much of the “conservative” base believes and does and when you do you try to minimize it. Part of why it bothers me (not that it matters) is that there are intelligent people who post and comment on here and if they could break out of the right is awesome, left is evil mentality could have much to offer those who read this blog. There are also some who are totally lost in their hatred of others, so much that they can’t even see it. Perhaps you should visit Palin’s church, they could cast out your demons.

    Comment by a different Dave — October 29, 2008 @ 4:02 pm - October 29, 2008

  15. Euclid, I think the fact that Bush kept more attacks from happening on our soil speaks for itself. I think the hatefest for Bush needs to end now. It’s so transparent for one thing. The democratic party IS the PARTY OF DEATH & The “Party of Death” hates Bush for his pro-life policies & nothing else, since ALL his economic & Iraqi policies were supported & backed by a democratic congress, & it was democratic policies directly responsible for the banking crisis..hello? All the states with the worst economy’s are democratically controlled states. No…the “Party of Death” is obsessed with death. Terri Schiavo sent the Party of Death in a spitting tizzy. It’s so obvious. Bush IS a horrible politician, but he is a very good man. God bless President Bush & protect him. But this country doesn’t want a good man, they want a politician.
    Barak Hussein Obama, well, he’s is a perfect politician & a perfect emissary of the Party of Death. We get what we deserve. Alas Babylon!
    dina

    Comment by dina little — November 7, 2008 @ 8:27 am - November 7, 2008

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